THE SET – interview with Roger Ward

by GREG KING Set against the backdrop of the Sydney art scene, The Set is the world’s first mainstream LGBT film. It was controversial when first released in 1970 because of its uncompromising look at teen sexuality and homosexuality, which was still illegal back then. The Set was based on the novel of the same name written by Australian actor Roger Ward (who has appeared in classic films like Mad Max, The Man From Hong Kong. The Set is now available on DVD for the first time in 50 years. Greg spoke to Roger Ward about the making of the film and its controversial Continue reading

MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2020 – interview with Spiro Economopoulos

by GREG KING Celebrating 30 years of queer film, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival serves up a packed program of queer films, documentaries and shorts from around the world. The opening night film is the powerful documentary Gay Chorus Deep South tracing the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir on a tour through America’s south, which shows the positive effects of the power of music to bring about change. Closing the festival is Bit, which has been described as a queer take on 80s classic vampire tale Lost Boys. The festival runs from March 12-23, with screenings at the Continue reading

HOMEWRECKER – interview with Zach Gayne

by GREG KING One of the films screening at the Fantastic Film Festival 2020 is the claustrophobic stalker thriller Homewrecker. Precious Chong (who co-wrote the script with director Zach Gayne) plays Linda, a lonely, obsessive and scary lady who befriends Michelle. But things soon take a nasty turn. Greg spoke to Zach, who is a guest of the festival, about the origins of the story, and some of the influences on the film. http://www.mediafire.com/file/1qj9jfniwhcgkgg/250206_001.MP3/file Continue reading

THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN

Reviewed by GREG KINGDirector: P B Shemran Stars: Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Jennifer Ehle, Eddie Marsan, Steve Coogan, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Dillane, Jeremy Irvine, Anthony Andrews, Laurence Fox, Ioan Gruffudd. The compiling of the Oxford English Dictionary is hardly the most exciting or cinematic events around which to build a feature film. But then again who would have thought that a film about the creation of Facebook could have been filled with such drama and tension? Unfortunately though, this film is not quite in the same league as The Social Network. In Continue reading

THE CALL OF THE WILD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chris Sanders Stars: Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Cara Gee, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Bradford Whitford. There have been a number of recent movies exploring the strong connection between man and dog – films like A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey, etc, have been entertaining and heart-warming examples of this subgenre. And now The Call Of The Wild fits comfortably into this popular subgenre. This is the sixth screen version of Jack London’s classic adventure story about the friendship between a dog and a man and their adventures in Continue reading